“Haiti is one of the richest countries in terms of artistic creativity”

  • Posted by Marina Vatav
  • September 4, 2014 6:45 AM EDT

Frankétienne is presenting "Ready to Burst" on a book tour in the US

The Father of Haitian letters, Frankétienne, a renown writer and artist, will be on a book tour in New York and Miami this fall to present his newly published book "Ready to Burst" translated from the French by Kaiama L. Glover.

"I wrote Mûr à Crever (Ready to Burst) in 1967-1968 during Duvalier’s dictatorship to show its ferocity and devastating predation. I wanted to enlighten the fundamental problems of my country and of the planet," says the author.

"The message in Ready to Burst is multidimensional, but the basic one is the dream through "the quest of my double," the quest of my shadow, the quest of myself. Every human being should lead one another toward finding “The Light” that gives meaning to life."

On September 19, Archipelago Books and the Haiti Cultural Exchange will hold a presentation of Ready to Burst at the FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn. The launch event will feature a conversation with Frankétienne, translator of Ready to Burst Kaiama L. Glover, and author Madison Smartt Bell. This event is free and open to the public.

Frankétienne will also attend the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 21 to discuss the creative process on a panel alongside authors Philippe Petit and Vikram Chandra.

In November he will participate at the Miami Book Festival.

"I wish that Ready to Burst will act as a catalyst to remind my brothers in the “Americanophone” Diaspora that Haiti is one of the richest countries in terms of artistic creativity, literacy, cultural and spiritual," stated the author.

"The Haitian Diaspora should never forget where they come from; never forget Haiti which needs Her in many fields."

Development of Haiti through education

Asked how he sees the further development of Haiti, Frankétienne noted that "The development of Haiti can only succeed through a comprehensive and global education program targeting the environment, the judicial system, citizenship, sharing, conviviality, and the spiritual Evolution."

He added:

"Haiti’s future depends on a global, holistic vision, and should be fully focused on Culture and Spirituality. God is inside all of us. The entire planet is in crisis. What is true for Haiti is also valid for all other countries. The Occident should take this into account. The planet is close to falling into the abyss. The descent into hell is everywhere. We need a new Humanism."

Born as Frank Étienne in 1936 in Ravine-Sèche, Haiti, Frankétienne is a prolific poet, novelist, visual artist, playwright, and musician. He writes both in French and Haitian Creole and is an outspoken challenger of political oppression. In 2009 and 2010, he was a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.